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Esther de Waal wrote about the need to awaken "the sense of awe in the midst of daily life . . .take time and notice what you see . . . use what comes to hand and stay with it, be happy with whatever it may be . . . Living or working in a city does not mean that there will not be a leaf, a twig, moss between concrete slabs, weeds pushing up through gravel . . . The kitchen presents me with utensils or food that I so regularly handle without noticing: a bowl of sugar, the rind of a lemon, the texture of an apple . . . The odes of Pablo Neruda show a delight in things, in the ordinary, daily things, cups and soup tureens, spoons, fabric, nails and coins . . ."
Living in a high rise and near the beach, there is so much to see and take notice of: